The sun is beaming on you, you’re sweating, your kids are sweating, and everyone is just hot. You try to stand under the shade but you still feel hot. You drink water but it’s so hot that the water doesn’t feel refreshing.
Ever had one of those days?
Summer is like this for us every day. We live in the DC area and the humidity is so bad that you feel like you’re body is being slow cooked. Haha!
So naturally, as a mom of two young kids, I had to come up with a nutritious way to keep my little ones hydrated. What better way to do that than by making coconut water and fruit popsicles?
The best part is that they’re so easy to make that your kids can help you make them. They’re also great for those really hot days when your kids don’t want to eat – each popsicle has about one to two servings of fruit, depending on the size of the mold.
These simple popsicles are really easy to make and only use two ingredients: coconut water and organic fruits.
Why Coconut Water?
You can make these popsicles using water, juice or even a smoothie but I prefer to make them using coconut water because it is so good for you!
Coconut water is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals like iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. It even helps to boost your immune system!
Coconut water is also a natural electrolyte drink which is perfect for a hot day, for a workout and even to recuperate from dehydration. I remember when I was a child in Costa Rica we would drink a lot of coconut water while at the beach. It was a tasty and affordable way to stay hydrated!
This is why during the summer I make sure we have coconut water at all times in our fridge. Little kids can get easily dehydrated and keeping them hydrated with coconut water is easy since it’s so tasty and effective.
Not all coconut waters are the same
As someone that grew up drinking coconut water straight from the source I can tell you that the bottled stuff doesn’t come close to it. Some of the coconut water you buy at the store it’s not even pure coconut water, some of it has been diluted with water or has had juice and sugar added to it. It’s important to read the label before you buy coconut water to make sure you’re getting pure coconut water, you don’t need the extra sugar nor added juices.
Fresh coconut water is so much tastier but after trying many brands I have found one that tastes actually pretty good: Harmless Harvest Coconut Water. What I love is that it’s made from organic coconuts and they don’t use heat to pasteurize, so you’re getting the real deal. You can buy it in bulk here or at Costco.
When it comes to what we eat I like to stick to USDA Organic, especially if it’s something for the kids. You can make the popsicles using just one fruit or by making layers of fruit so it looks like a rainbow.
Let your kids pick the fruits they love and experiment with different flavor combinations. Buy what’s in season because it will be more fresh and probably on sale. An alternative is to buy organic frozen fruit, I’ve found them in bulk at Costco and it’s what I buy when the fruits my kids love are not in season.
Organic Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles for Kids
- Organic fruits your kids love. Some examples:
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
- Peach or apricot
- Coconut Water: Stick to fresh coconuts or get a organic coconut water like Harmless Harvest.
- Popsicle containers: I like the size of these but if you’re looking to avoid plastic, get these stainless steel ones (they also come in different shapes).
Cut the fruit in small pieces, small enough to fit in the containers you will be using.
Add the fruit to the popsicle containers. This is the fun part for the kids, let them combine fruits or just make them all using the same fruit. I usually make one row of a single fruit popsicles and another row that combines different fruits.
Fill them to the top with the fruit.
Add the coconut water to each popsicle until it reaches the top.
Put the lids on and freeze for a few hours.
Once they’re ready, enjoy!
If you’re making these for a party, serve them on a solid color platter so the colors on the popsicles really stick out.
This is the perfect treat for a play date and one that all kids will love! Plus you won’t have to worry about allergies since most kids are not allergic to coconut water and fruits.
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